Waiting On The Lord-Part 5
Posted Byon Monday, July 25, 2016
When the Lord awakens me, (He does that) and I have that presence, I get myself comfortable (you can ask Wife). Down at the hotel at the South Pacific the evening before I go to bed, I put two chairs there in a certain way where I can sit comfortable, put my feet up. I have a cover there waiting so I can cover myself up a bit if I’m chilly, get two pillows, get nice and comfortable and then just sit there in the dark waiting on the Lord. Those chairs are all ready when I go to bed in case He comes. Or if He doesn’t come and I wake up and can’t go to sleep, I may just decide, “Now I’ll go and spend time with the Lord.”
Usually the first thing I do is to do nothing - just sit, waiting on Him, waiting for Him, waiting with Him.
Look at these words, “Therefore will the Lord wait.” You know what, “God waits for you and me to wait for Him.” He has so few waiters, people that are willing to sit still for once and keep their mouth shut, and let their spirit and heart go up to Him in utter silence. Believe you me, folkses, that waiting period, when nothing seems to happen, is the Lord’s workshop in which He is doing a work within us that cannot be done in any other way.
“Therefore will the Lord wait that He may be gracious unto you.”
He will do a work of grace. You might sit there for an hour or two hours and seemingly absolutely nothing has happened, but don’t you believe it. That thing can go on for days and weeks, but sooner or later something is going to eventuate. You will discover that something is indeed taking place.
Here I want to turn back again as I did the other night to Isaiah 64:4. I want to add something to what I had given you then. This is a marvelous verse you know. I assume most of you were with me when I touched on this, but I’ll just restate this briefly.
God has things in store for those who will learn to wait for Him in confidence, in faith, in expectation - without strain. God has things in store for them about which they would never dream, which they would never hear, which they would never imagine in their hearts - they simply wouldn’t think of it. And yet God has such things in store for such people. Here it is:
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” Isaiah 64:4
I want to add something here - in the Hebrew it reads, “Who worketh for Him that hath waited for Him.” That’s deliciousmous, super deliciousmous! “Who worketh for Him that hath waited for Him.” In other words, as we begin to wait, God will begin to work.
Let’s assume it this way. Suppose you desire a new thing from God, a new experience. Most of us just go on; we have reached a certain plateau, or a certain valley, a certain level. We never rise above it; we’re content. We have reached a certain height and now content to maintain it, but there is more.